08 December 2016

My Favorite Books of 2016

Hi all!  Happy Thursday!  I had wanted to get this post up yesterday but I ran out of time.  I had a homework assignment due and that took up my free time yesterday.

Today we're talking books!  I've been reading since I was three years old and have had a book by my bedside ever since.  I love all genres - romance, mystery, true crime, biography, classics, you name it.  Here are some of my favorite reads from this year.

Are you a Royals watcher?  Were you obsessed with Kate Middleton's wedding dress?  Then The Royal We is the book for you.  Written by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan of the amazing website Go Fug Yourself, it's a book about an American who falls in love with a prince.  And yes there are shades of Kate and William in here.  It's a delightful read!  You won't want to put it down.  Heather and Jessica are fantastic storytellers and I cannot recommend this one enough.  This was my favorite of the year.

Oh how I enjoyed Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld.  A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Eligible takes place in suburbia USA and also includes elements of the Bachelor if you can believe it.  Funny and charming, it's worth picking up and reading.  And if you like Eligible, try Sittenfeld's other books, American Wife and Prep.

Another page turner, The Widow is a story told by four people and the chapters alternate between the different characters' points of view.  I won't get too much into the plot as there is an element of mystery to the book and I want you to be surprised.  Set in England it involves a missing child.  Barton crafts a great story with characters you love and characters you loathe. 

Chilling is how I would describe Karin Slaughter's Pretty Girls.  It went in a direction I was not expecting.  A mystery/thriller, it can be graphic in parts so beware.  If you liked Sharp Objects or Gone Girl, I would check this one out.

Usually I turn to Nora Roberts for my frothy romance fix (see The Bride Quartet which I have read approxmately 4,546 times).  She also turns out some really great mystery work.  The Obsession is her latest and if you are an NR fan, you should definitely check this one out.

What the Fly Saw is the second in the Hannah McCabe series by Frankie Y. Bailey.  I highly recommend the first book too, The Red Queen Dies.  A death, an investigation, slightly in the future police & detective work with some new gadgets, and great story telling. If you like Patricia Cornwell, you'll like these.

We all heard the story of the sinking of the Lusitania in history class, right?  Larson tells the story almost hour by hour.  Chilling, gripping, and at parts horrifying, Dead Wake takes you through the ship's doomed voyage across the Atlantic.

And what is on my list next?  I have a few I'd like to try and get to in the new year:

American Cake by Anne Byrn.  It combines history and cake!  What more could you want?

Times New Romeo by Georgie Cooper.  This was a recommendation by a friend and I am eager to read it.

Daughter of Empire by Pamela Hicks.  She's a member of the Mountbatten family and this is her story of growing up in that family.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.  Because I'll read anything to do with Russia.  #truth

What are you reading?  Any must-read recommendations?  Let me know in the comments!


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